We had the good fortune of connecting with Pepper B and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pepper, how do you think about risk?
I frequently consider myself as a risk taker. This fearlessness has come with time. As a person who thinks with so much logic, risk taking always feels like I am following my heart or core desires. There is that weird stage between actually deciding to take the risk and leaping that sharpens you. Taking a risk has ALWAYS pushed me out of comfortability. At times being comfortable can feel like being stagnant. There are substantial rewards after risk even if you fail. The feeling of knowing you were willing to take a risk prepares you for the next one. Taking a risk has always either put me more on my path or taught me lessons that I needed to keep going on my path. There are 3 major risk that stand out the most (1) resigning from my job as an executive in the beauty industry after 7 years with one company. This leap from structure to the unknown was scary but helped prepare me for where I am. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to work for myself or move forward and work for another company. I decided to work for another company because it felt secure. That company ended up closing 2 years later in my district. The first leap prepared me for that moment.At that point I decided to work for myself solely. (2) Taking a risk and possibly encountering difficulty in order to maintain my happiness. Initially working for myself solely was tough. My challenges being self-employed taught me timing was significant. I could’ve undoubtedly utilized the skills I gained to work for another company. When I compare sacrificing my peace of mind vs temporary hardship the risk didn’t seem as challenging. (3) Launching Palace One Eleven was another risk after being in beauty for 13 years I knew my mission was broader. I equally knew pursuing a company like this would require a massive transformation of self. I think this was one of the most rewarding risk I have taken because I realize being in the beauty industry fed my ego but encouraging people to do the inner work feeds my soul.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
What I am most proud about when it comes to my journey is resilience. You don’t always get it right the first time. However, I am a firm believer that whatever is meant to be on your path will find you one way or another. After being in the beauty industry for 13 years, I decided to take a leap in to something that was a deep personal interest and never looked back. In the beauty industry I’ve grasped so many things working with larger brands. After working for myself and working as a sales executive I also prepared myself for things I did and didn’t want.
One lesson I’ve absorbed is to never regret the time you spend doing things. I genuinely believe my entire time in the beauty industry set me up for my path in crystal healing. My knowledge for crystals is like second nature. Being in the beauty industry for such a long time has in fact showed me there is more work to do. No matter how much coverage (make-up) you have if you aren’t working on the inside and healing those parts the outer work is just a mask. I decided to develop a website where I offer great quality crystals at the reasonable prices considering weight and type, I hand select every single crystal that is carried on the website this connects me to them more intuitively. Which allows me to engage deeper with my customers. Selecting the inventory is important to me because I can maintain the quality up to standard. I remain the friend who every one calls before crystal shopping. I find excitement in producing that experience for people who shop with me. Every single aspect of my business is hands on down to the detail in photos connects me to crystals I suggest for my customers.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Things have changed drastically due to covid. Initially as cliche as this sounds I would take my friends crystals shopping and thrifting. Go to a museum or an art gallery and eat seafood in some aspect. I love nature and scenery so that is always something that excites me. I love to spend time with friends and family and cooking for each other now that things have changed.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate this to my tribe.Who uplift me on a consistent basis. It’s impossible to dedicate this to one person when I have an intimate circle of friends, family and a mentor who has become my family. Thank you for reciprocating the energy I give you daily. I am abundant because I am surrounding by people who are genuine and each person in my life plays a role in my development. Maintaining people who connect with you spiritually, mentally and goal wise is important. I am blessed to have people who tell me when I am wrong. Celebrate me when I win and pour into me when my cup feels empty.